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7 of Our Favorite Personal Finance Stories From Around the Web

By Allison Kade Jan 10, 2019

When it comes to mastering our money, there’s often a lot of noise out there.

That’s why we’ve curated some of our favorite financial blog posts, with interesting perspectives that made us think about money in a new way.

Here’s what we’ve been reading:

  1. Having enough money to care for your family’s needs is obviously good. But we enjoyed this essay from someone who was really, truly broke—about what he learned from having no money. The section on things you can do for free to gain enjoyment from life was a particular gem.

  2. We enjoyed this honest retrospective of what one person learned from four years of investing. We appreciate the personal touch and the fact that this blogger shares his own financial details, in addition to what he’s learned by starting from zero and teaching himself how to invest.

  3. This roundup of 89 personal finance tips struck us for its sheer thoroughness. It ranges from high-level suggestions about investing to in-the-weeds tips on saving money when grocery shopping.

  4. Similarly, these 19 financial ratios are a great starting place for understanding your financial situation in a clear, comprehensive way. From debt utilization ratios to savings ratios and emergency fund ratios, these will help you grasp everything from your debt to your savings.

  5. Many people, especially parents, dream of starting a side hustle to take their family’s finances to the next level. But is the effort worth it? This rundown on the finances behind side hustling adds an interesting element by projecting how much money your side hustle could earn you if you invested it.

  6. We think that charity is an important component of financial planning, so we liked how this blogger approaches random acts of kindness, even going so far as to anonymously pay the dinner tab for a stranger in the hopes of passing kindness along in the universe.

  7. And, of course, if you’re looking for some quality reading, some of Fabric’s greatest hits include this easy primer on how life insurance works, our ultimate guide on how to write a last will and testament and our own original data research that discovered how losing weight could save you thousands of dollars.

Fabric exists to help young families master their money. Our articles abide by strict editorial standards.

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